Oulipost 4 — Fibonacci: Arizona

has reputation.
Conservatism.  Democrats the
told…slowed…abdicating to that
and them.  Least
percent independents

Martin, Joe, ‘Pollster: Arizona’s Switch from Red to Blue “Inevitable”’ (The Arizona Republic, 4 April 2014) <http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/2014/04/03/pollster-arizonas-switch-red-blue-inevitable/7289213/&gt; [accessed 4 April 2014]


In a Fibonacci sequence, each term is the sum of the two terms immediately preceding it; typically with 1 as the first term: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5,8, 13, 21, 34, 55 and so on.

Select an article from your newspaper and create a poem using the words that correspond with the numbers in the sequence. Your poem will take the form of first word, first word, second word, third word, fifth word, eighth word, thirteenth word, etc. You can continue until you’ve run out of words in your article or until you’re happy with the poem’s conclusion.


I used Word and Excel to help me find the words, with multiple repetitions of the article pasted in to get me more lines to work with. Then I added punctuation and made my line breaks follow the Fibonacci sequence, one word per line, two word, up to five.  Then I reversed the sequence down to one.  I just wish the poem made some kind of cognitive and syntactic sense.

#Oulipost #NaPoWriMo2014


5 thoughts on “Oulipost 4 — Fibonacci: Arizona

  1. NIce idea to have the number of words in the lines correspond to the Fibonacci sequence as well. It’s interesting to see what people have done with this and I really like your take on it.

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